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Programme Overview

Making sense of policy

If your objective is to find a programme that gives you a very balanced mix of technical skills and exposure to both economics and political science, I don't think you can do much better than the LSE.
LSE Executive Master of Public Administration LSE Executive Master of Public Administration

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An overview

For more than a century, LSE has trained decision-makers in the public and private sector from around the globe. Among its alumni are numerous government and business leaders, and several Nobel Prize winners. The School’s founders believed in the power of scholarship that addresses the fundamental socio-economic and political problems of our time to improve society. Throughout its history LSE has been at the cutting edge of research in the social sciences and the design of public policies.

The Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA) brings together experts from across LSE to prepare students to meet the policy challenges of tomorrow. The curriculum emphasises a core set of skills in economics, policy evaluation and political science, and shows how these can be applied to analyse policies in a broad range of settings. We integrate technical training in the core subjects with a choice of specialisations, as well as practical policy workshops.

The format

The curriculum is organised around intense teaching blocks in which students interact with leading academics and policy practitioners that have hands-on experience with the challenges of policy making.

EMPA Curriculum

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Three core modules (Political Science and Public Policy, Empirical Methods for Public Policy, and Economic Policy Analysis) and the option modules are shared with the Civil Service and LSE Executive Master of Public Policy (EMPP), a sponsored degree programme for the UK Civil Service. This allows EMPA students to benefit from the experience and insight of senior government decision makers and for EMPP students to benefit from the diversity of experience in the EMPA cohort.

The EMPA/ EMPP peer network will provide support and inspiration throughout your professional career.